BROWSE OUR CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Welfare and public services
In an age of austerity, budgets are shrinking yet demand for services like education, health and social care is rising. Policymakers must establish what people’s real priorities are – and learn to do more with less. Led by Claudia Wood, this programme investigates those priorities through research on public attitudes to key areas of the welfare state.
, Louis Reynolds
Demos will develop cost-effective and viable policy options on older people's housing for Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing at DCLG.
Demos is carrying out an innovative piece of research and analysis developing a new typology of personal debt.
, Jo Salter
This project seeks to find the benefits of specialist retirement housing and investigate what would need to change to make this a more attractive and feasible option for more older people.
, Max Wind-Cowie
This project will highlight how policymakers and the health industry can work together to provide sustainable solutions to help people insure against or cope with the costs of cancer.
This project, and subsequent collection of essays, will discuss the variable geographical impact of austerity, the knock on effect on public health, and the dynamics between poverty and health.
The financial crisis revealed a series of underlying weaknesses in the economy, from an over-reliance on low-paid, low-skilled jobs to an underinvestment in productive enterprise. Led by Duncan O'Leary, this programme explores how companies can do ‘good business’, aiming for solutions that lead to the decentralisation of power – to employees, consumers and communities.
This project will look at the role of apprentices, and how to maximise their economic contribution.
, Jo Salter
This project will analyse the generational shift in attitudes towards the welfare state and its far-reaching implications.
, Ally Paget
This project aims to quantify and measure the actual economic and social value of Britain's 5,500 charity shops within communities.
Citizenship and political participation
Britain continues to experience declining public trust and participation in formal politics, in addition to rising loneliness and social isolation. Led by Jonathan Birdwell, this programme explores the ideas and institutions that can help bring together a more fragmented society.
, Dan Leighton
This project will feature a 'People's Inquiry' to explore people's attitudes to the use of their personal information. It will use the outcomes from the deliberative groups to develop practical ideas for matching public expectations and personal information policy.
, Jen Lexmond
The health of the economy has a profound effect on our lives. Too often, however, the economy is experienced as something that happens to us, rather than something we are part of. Few speak the language of the ‘dismal science’, and this impacts negatively on our democratic public life. Demos’ Economic Literacy project will probe this ‘democratic deficit’ in economic life.
, Jonathan Birdwell
, Tommy Moody
, Pippa Read
Demos has embarked on a new research project aimed uncovering the real life experiences of social housing residents, with the aim of using their personal stories to inform both policymaking and the activities of Housing Associations in the UK.
This project explores how technological and social change impact on universities. Technology has the potential to help all universities become open universities, but its implications, opportunities and uncertainties need deeper explanation.
Integration and national identity
Questions of national identity are all around us, on Englishness and the future of the Union, to appropriate responses to historically high levels of immigration into the UK. This programme aims to close the gap between the ordinary voter and the political class to develop a sense of how we live together.
This project will focus on 'practical patriotism', investigating the things that make people feel proud and give them a sense of belonging.
The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM)
A collaboration between Demos and the Text Analytics Group at the University of Sussex, CASM combines computer science with social science to analyse social media. Led by Jamie Bartlett, its work will develop social media analysis as a valid instrument of research that meets the needs of policy and decision-makers.
Demos Finance is a new financial services research unit, providing industry leaders, policymakers and the public with a reliable source of objective and easily comprehensible analysis of the sector. Led by Andrew Freeman, it will generate new ideas and public policy solutions, will help to explain and ‘translate’ complex arguments to a non-specialist public.
This report challenges the conventional wisdom that SMEs are vital to economic growth, and further questions the perception that a lack of bank-lending is hindering those enterprises' development.
This report looks at recent developments in the financial sector to propose a balanced approach between consumer protection and non-punative regulation.
Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.
2006 was the year of the eco-issue, Priuses on back-order, "An Inconvenient Truth" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's green coup. But is sustainability’s new look only skin deep?
, Samuel Jones
Culture Online has pioneered a project-based approach to bring new audiences to arts and culture using new technology. In this it differs significantly from the portal approach of many cultural websites. Demos is working with Culture Online to place their achievement in a wider context of policy development, and to articulate lessons for practitioners and policymakers.
A seminar series to discuss social innovation and explore the secrets of the Nordic Model
A project with IDeA looking at how efforts to re-orient services around the needs of users are disrupting professional boundaries, roles and status.